The risk of even more transmissible and dangerous COVID variants remains, WHO warns of more dangerous COVID variants in coming days, according to the WHO chief.
Even as COVID infection and death rates continue to decline, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the possibility of the emergence of deadlier and more infectious coronavirus variants remains and has urged everyone to exercise caution.
“Omicron subvariants are more transmissible than their predecessors, and the risk of even more transmissible and dangerous variants remains.” “During the weekly COVID media briefing on Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
He also warned that the number of cases is likely to rise again in the coming months. “Globally, we are now seeing a welcome decrease in reported COVID deaths.” With colder weather on the way in the northern hemisphere, it’s reasonable to anticipate an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in the coming months.”
COVID and daily life
WHO had previously stated that we would have to live with COVID in the coming years. “Living with COVID19 does not mean pretending the pandemic is over,” he explained. Pretending it’s not raining won’t help you if you go for a walk in the rain without an umbrella. You’ll still get soaked. Similarly, pretending that a deadly virus does not exist is a huge risk.”
“Living with COVID19 means taking simple precautions to avoid infection or, if infected, to avoid becoming seriously ill/dying.” “I am requesting that all governments update their policies in order to make the best use of life-saving tools in order to responsibly manage COVID-19,” the WHO chief stated.
Concerning COVID vaccination
Tedros stated that COVID vaccination rates are still too low, even in rich countries, noting that 30% of health workers and 20% of the elderly are unvaccinated.
“These vaccination gaps endanger all of us.” “He stated. “Please get vaccinated if you haven’t already, and a booster if it’s recommended.””
According to WHO, 4.5 million new COVID-19 cases were reported last week, a 16% decrease from the previous week. Deaths were also down 13%, with approximately 13,500 people dying. COVID-19 infections fell everywhere in the world, while deaths fell everywhere except in Southeast Asia, where they increased by 15%, and the Western Pacific, where they increased by 3%.